Mother’s Day isn’t complete without some type of gift- a dandelion picked from the backyard, a finger painted picture, or maybe (if you’re lucky) a piece of jewelry or spa day. The day is about celebrating motherhood and all it encompasses. From the tears of joy that streamed down your face the moment you laid eyes on your baby to the scary mommy voice you feel like you use too often, being a mom is the best and most challenging job in the world.
I love being a mom. It’s the one thing I feel like I was meant to do in life. I love reading books on the floor for hours, playing silly games my 2 year old makes up, making snakes out of Play Doh, and our quiet moments in the morning when we wake up together. We have just entered into the most wonderful phase of parenthood called The Terrible Twos, and holy hell is it a roller coaster of crazy toddler emotions. Add into this equation a newborn baby, and this mommy is running on fumes and needs a break.
This is what is on my Mother’s Day Gift Guide this year:
- To be able to go to the bathroom without a toddler doing the following things:
- standing outside the door and yelling for me to get out
- sitting on my lap and reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- sticking their fingers under the door and crying for me to hurry up
- staring at me while I do my business
- singing the potty song to me
- Cake. I’m tired of trying to lose the baby weight today. Just bring me a big slice of cake.
- A trip to Vegas where I can eat, drink, shop, and party like I used to back in my college days without nursing a hangover the next day with a 2 year old and newborn screaming in my face.
- Tiffany & Co. Diamonds are always welcome. And well deserved.
- Breakfast in bed without a toddler jumping around and stealing my food. Make sure your kids or spouse wash the dishes, too.
- Sleep in past 9. Plain and simple, I just
wantneed sleep. Seven wonderful, uninterrupted hours is all I’m asking for (this probably won’t happen for another 15+ years).
- A spotlessly clean house. I’m not emptying the dishwasher, or vacuuming, or dusting, or cleaning Play Doh off the carpet. Just tell your spouse it’s bad luck for a year if a mom cleans on Mother’s Day.
- A Mom Cave. I am done with having “me” time be on the toilet in my bathroom while I rush like a madwoman to get out. Men don’t need a special place to hide anyways. Kids are wired to run straight to their mom for everything, so we deserve to have a Mom Cave as a place to retreat to for peace and quiet.
All I really want for Mother’s Day is a quiet day with my family- playing outside, going for walks to the park, and diffusing the occasional 2 year old melt down is my happy place because that what makes me mom. Enjoy all the good parts and not so good parts, because one day it will all be a distant memory.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, aunts, godmothers, grandmas, and sisters out there!
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